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Thursday, October 18 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm
The City Is Already Speaking: The Sound of Calle 24

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This poetry showcase features a dozen literary voices from the reading and writing series that convene regularly at the Mission District's United Booksellers (Alley Cat Books and Adobe Books). Tonight, the writers read from their collective chapbook at Bird & Beckett, the Glen Park bookstore with a mission to preserve local literary arts, culture, and music. With San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, Josiah Luis Alderete, Simon Crafts, Flavia Elisa, Thea Matthews, Linda Noel, Raul Ruiz, Denise Sullivan, Ricardo Tavarez, and special guests. FREE, $5 suggested donation

Authors and Participants
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Josiah Luis Alderete

Josiah Luis Alderete is a full-blooded Pocho indio who refries his beans and poesia in Spanglish. He was one of the founding members of outspoken word troupe The Molotov Mouths, and is also a radio insurgente whose stories have aired on KALW and KPFA. He was deported from La Misión... Read More →
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Simon Crafts

Simon Crafts is a poet and bookseller at Alley Cat Books. He shares a birthday with Walter Benjamin and Roky Erickson.
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Flavia Elisa

Flavia Elisa is an immigrant artivist from Mexico, raised in San Francisco. Her writing focuses on her experience as an immigrant chingonx, spiritual old soul, on her role in intersectional feminism, and the systematic oppression of POC.
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E.K. Keith

E.K. Keith is a Latinx poet who calls San Francisco home and calls Texas regularly to keep in touch with her family. She organizes Poems Under the Dome, the annual open mic celebration of poetry inside San Francisco’s City Hall. Nomadic Press will release her book Ordinary Villains in... Read More →
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Thea Matthews

Born and raised in San Francisco, Thea Matthews is a queer Black and Mexican American awarded poet, spoken-word artist, activist, curator, bruja, revolutionary, collaborator, and researcher. She writes on the complexities of trauma, grief, resiliency, and ultimately, triumph over... Read More →
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Linda Noel

Linda Noel is a Native Californian of the Koyungkowi people from the Northern Sierra. She has been included in many anthologies and is Poet Laureate Emerita of Ukiah, California.
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Raul Ruiz

Raul Ruiz is a poet and current participant in the experimental vocal noise group Foreignfire (www.foreignfire.com).
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Kim Shuck

Kim Shuck embraces the fool and jester qualities of being a modern poet and artist. She is a devotee of San Francisco, whose hills she wanders nearly always on foot. Her maternal grandparents met at the Polish Hall on Shotwell, and she spent many hours with her mother and grandmother... Read More →
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Denise Sullivan

Denise Sullivan is an author, journalist, cultural worker, and literary organizer originally from the Ingleside District who has lived and worked in Atlanta and Los Angeles, the Mission and the Haight. A former member of the Modern Times Bookstore Collective, and co-founder of the... Read More →
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Ricardo Tavarez

Ricardo Tavarez’s writing is influenced by culture, labor history and activism. He co-founded Pan Dulce Poets and is part of La Brigada, a collective that organizes the International Flor Y Canto Literary Festival. His writing has appeared in Acentos Review, Cipactli Journal, Occupoetry, and... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm PDT
Bird & Beckett Books and Records